Archive for February 11th, 2010

once you’re toast, you get toasted

February 11, 2010

Guga was awarded with the Cruz do Mérito Desportivo (Cross of Sporting Merit) yesterday in Brasilia. This is the the Brazil’s highest honor awarded to athletes.

And at this week’s Open GDF SUEZ tournament in Paris, the women celebrated the recent retirement of two-time Grand Slam champ Amelie Mauresmo, whose post-pro life will be devoted to everything (including running the NYC Marathon) — but coaching. Read an account of this tribute (including a video clip!) over at DtL.

(via WTB)


thomas reynolds for spring 2010

February 11, 2010

The second drop of the Thomas Reynolds collection — that’s James Blake‘s turn as a creative consultant for Fila — made its appearance in the hardcourts of Australia before heading to Europe for this week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis tournament in the Netherlands. He lost early (to Marcos Baghdatis) in the first round.

Brackets: The quarters for the tourney are now set: Davydenko plays Melzer, Soderling‘s up against Benneteau, Youzhny faces Monfils, and Djokovic will try to keep his top seeding with Leonardo Mayer taking a stab. (Men’s Draw)

Fila: The goods will drop later this month. Stay tuned!

(image via Getty Images)

fed cup fashions from the first round

February 11, 2010

Not quite yet: Lest you think we’re done with the Fed Cup fashions from last weekend’s ties, here’s one last round.

Save for the uber-bland black/white color scheme worn by the Americans (hmm, maybe that’s why the Williams Sisters decided skip the tie and head to Miami for the Super Bowl?) all the ladies showed off their country colors with pride.

Honorable mention: Yanina Wickmayer won her singles rubbers (losing the first set in both), leading Belgium to a 3-2 win over Poland. Note her bright red Erke top and those red nails… Alona Bondarenko won the lone rubber for Ukraine against Italy, showing off her grey collared K-Swiss kit in the process… Petra Kvitova won one of her matches in the Czech Republic’s home tie against Germany. She wore the standard Nike issue for their players in that country; we loved the blue nails that went with her kit… The wide, bright stripes on Sveta‘s separates (from Fila) was a nice change from the Heritage collection pieces she wore for the Australian Open… Christina McHale made lemons with her bleak American uniform by painting her nails black… Chinese player Zhang Shuai, who played singles and doubles (and lost all three), wore Nike; the chinese characters for “China” are incorporated in the tattoo printing on the back of her tank.

(images via Getty Images)

alize cornet’s warm-up jacket
for flavia, a logo finally emerges
ivanovic gets tenure, loses fed cup rubbers
samantha stosur’s patriotic glasses
jelena jankovic’s fed cup garb

alexander mcqueen, RIP

February 11, 2010

Alexander McQueen was found dead on Thursday morning in his London apartment. See Eric Wilson’s obit for the NYT here.

Though we always appreciated his high-concept fashion shows and collections (of the latter, especially those influenced by zoology and biology), it was his collaboration with Puma, which started in 2005 with footwear and expanded into men’s and women’s clothing in 2009 — that sealed the deal. We were hoping that he’d dip into the tennis pool at some point (Serena was sponsored by Puma pre-Nike), but now it’ll just be a pipe dream.

Further browsing: Check out the galleries at to see McQueen’s work for his eponymous label. FYI, he was also the head designer for Givenchy from 1996 until 2001.

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